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Mt Strzelecki walk back on track

28/06/2019

Flinders Island's Mt Strzelecki walking track has received an upgrade which will improve the experience for walkers and visitors, as well as environmental management.More

New car park for Ben Lomond National Park

28/06/2019

A new visitor carpark is now complete at Ben Lomond National Park. The car park will be opened to visitors and fully operational in the coming weeks in time for this winter's first major snow fall.More

Planned burn success on Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area sites

28/06/2019

The Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area experienced significant wildfire events between January and March this year, yet there are still areas that require pro-active fire management for the protection and conservation of the area's values.More

PWS Campfire restrictions extended statewide

23/01/2019

PWS has extended the current campfire restrictions state-wide in national parks and reserves until further notice.


The decision to extend the campfire restrictions across the state is due to elevated soil dryness and the risk of new fire starts, at a time when there is significant number of fires already burning. 

Campfire restrictions 



What is NOT permitted: 



 • Campfires 

 • pot stoves and any fuel stove that burn coal, wood or plant material 

What is permitted: 

Provided the ground is cleared for 3m around the stove, and there is a water source of at least 10 litres for firefighting – then the following are permitted to be used with caution: 

 • Gas stoves and gas barbecues 

 • Liquid fuel stoves using shellite and methylated spirits.

 • On remote bushwalking tracks and routes liquid fuel stoves can be used in accordance with Leave No Trace principles, provided a container of water is at hand for firefighting. 

These restrictions are in place as sparks, embers and disposal of ash from these sources can provide an ignition source.

Total Fire Ban 

Instructions from the Tasmanian Fire Service are that on days of Total Fire Ban all outdoor fires are banned except electric stoves and barbeques, and gas barbecues provided they are cleared of flammable material for at least one meter. Other barbecues and portable stoves including those that use wood, charcoal or other solid or liquid fuel (trangias etc.) are banned.

Our priority is community and visitor safety. In the current dry conditions, campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly, are difficult to control and threaten people in campgrounds and nearby communities. 


 


A full list of track, road and area closures (including campgrounds) is available on the PWS website www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures.